The estimates are based on population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau and percentages of Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries ages 65 years and older with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The paper also focuses on the need to provide support to. The researchers note that an early diagnosis can help caregivers plan ahead for the life changes that come with caring for a friend or family member with the disease.
“It is important for people who think their daily lives areto discuss these concerns with a health care provider,” said Kevin Matthews, Ph.D., health geographer and lead author of the study. “An early assessment and diagnosis is key to planning for their health care needs, including long-term services and supports, as the disease progresses.”
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